March 26, 2019

How to Choose Anniversary Bands

An anniversary band is a wedding band you give your partner to celebrate the anniversary of your marriage. While many people choose to gift anniversary bands on major anniversaries (like the fifth or tenth), they can be given on any anniversary. If you’re considering giving this romantic, thoughtful gift, you might be wondering how to choose one. You might wonder what kind of style should you choose, if there are rules to choosing an anniversary band, or if an anniversary band is meant to replace a wedding ring. We’ll answer all these questions and more in our guide to choosing anniversary bands.

Are Anniversary Bands Supposed to Replace Wedding Bands?

Many people wonder if anniversary bands are meant to replace their partner’s wedding band. The answer to this question is that it isn’t necessarily meant to, but it can. An anniversary ring can really be worn in any way the recipient likes. It can be worn in place of a wedding band, alongside a wedding band, or as a fashionable right hand ring.

If you like the idea of an anniversary band becoming an updated wedding band, be sure to choose an anniversary band that complement’s your partner’s engagement ring.

Are There Rules for Anniversary Bands?

There really aren’t rules for anniversary bands but there are some anniversary traditions you can keep in mind. While old-fashioned rules say that gold isn’t given until the 50th year of marriage, modern conventions have gold as the color of your year one anniversary. Let’s go through some of the modern conventions for giving jewelry on major anniversaries.

Year One: Gold

Gold is the modern tradition for gifting jewelry on your first anniversary. It makes sense: gold is precious and so is your first year as a married couple.

Gold is a highly versatile precious metal, so you should have no trouble finding a gold anniversary band that would fit your partner’s personal style. You can choose from traditional yellow gold, chic white gold, or romantic rose gold for your partner’s anniversary ring.

Year Five: Sapphire

Sapphires symbolize truth and loyalty, making it fitting that this precious gem is the traditional gift for a fifth year anniversary. While blue sapphires are the most popular variety, sapphires actually come a rainbow of hues, including the second-most popular color for sapphires, pink. No matter which color you choose, sapphire anniversary bands are classic, elegant, and something your partner is sure to love.

Year Ten: Diamonds

A ten year anniversary is incredibly exciting. You’re marking a decade of life as a married couple— that’s truly something to celebrate. If you want to follow tradition, the best way to celebrate and show your partner your appreciation is with the traditional ten year jewelry gift, diamonds. You can get your partner an anniversary band with just a few diamonds or go all out with a beautiful infinity band.

Do You Have to Follow Tradition?

If you love tradition, you may want to go with the gemstone or precious metal that matches your anniversary year. However, you definitely don’t have to follow these traditions if you have something else in mind. If you want to get a diamond anniversary band, your partner will be just as thrilled to get it on your third anniversary as they would on your tenth (if not even more so!).

It’s also important to note that you don’t have to wait for a major year to give an anniversary band. You can give an anniversary band on any year or even on multiple years.

What Style Should An Anniversary Band Be?

There’s no rule on what kind of style an anniversary band should be. When considering style, just think about what your partner would love. Would they want something sleek they could add to their wedding stack? Or would they maybe want an ultra glam ring that could be worn on its own? Choosing the right style for an anniversary ring is really just a matter of choosing the right style for you and your partner.

Browse more anniversary bands at diamondwish.com. 

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March 26, 2019

A Close-Up of J-Lo’s Stunning Engagement Ring

Photo Courtesy of Alex’s Instagram

Spring is here, which means engagement season is now in full swing. Couples all around the world are making the decision to tie the knot— and celebrity couples are no exception. We’ve already seen some pretty spectacular celebrity engagement rings in 2019. But Jennifer Lopez’s new engagement ring might be the most stunning of all.

The actress and singer’s new fiancé Alex Rodriguez (more popularly known by his nickname “A-Rod”) announced their engagement through sharing a photo of J-Lo’s engagement ring on Instagram. In the picture, captioned “she said yes,” we get a close-up view of Lopez’s breathtaking diamond ring.

Photo Courtesy of Alex’s Instagram

J-Lo’s engagement ring features an emerald cut diamond in a chic solitaire setting. And her center diamond is truly something to behold. It appears to be between 10 and 15 carats and looks remarkably clear. Experts are estimating that her ring is worth somewhere between $1 million and $5 million dollars.

Featured is the Natalia engagement ring with an emerald cut diamond, double diamond halo, diamond paved criss cross shank, and yellow gold.

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Lopez was also photographed wearing her new ring after her engagement out in New York City this week. While neither J-Lo or A-Rod have revealed the jeweler who made her ring, their outing gave us an opportunity to see it in a different light and speculate on the details.

We got to see an Lopez’s ring in even better lighting as the couple was spotted leaving a gym in Miami. In these photos, you can see that Lopez’s setting is crafted from either platinum or white gold. And in natural light, you can see just how impeccable the quality of her emerald cut diamond really is. It looks spectacularly white, even against its white setting, and beautifully clear.

Get the Look: The Nora Ring’s delicate emerald-shaped solitaire halo echoes the impressive size of Lopez’s engagement ring.

Emerald cut diamonds have become incredibly popular for celebrity engagement rings lately. Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amal Clooney, and Beyonce all have emerald cut engagement rings. But it would seem that J-Lo isn’t hopping onto a trend. Based on her previous engagement rings, Lopez seems to favor emerald cut diamonds and the similarly shaped radiant cut diamond. Lopez wore an emerald cut engagement ring when engaged to Cris Judd and had two separate radiant cut engagement rings (a pink radiant cut diamond from her relationship with Ben Affleck and a blue radiant cut diamond from her relationship with Marc Anthony).

Get the Look: The Merilyn Ring offers a romantic variation on Lopez’s emerald cut engagement ring.

While all of Lopez’s engagement rings have been beautiful, her new white emerald cut solitaire engagement ring may be the most gorgeous of the bunch. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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March 19, 2019

Jewelry for Mom: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is the day to show your mother just how much you love and appreciate her. And what better way to do that than with a beautiful new piece of jewelry? Jewelry is something your mother can enjoy for a lifetime. Every time she wears her gift, she’ll think of you and remember how much you love her. Not sure what kind of jewelry you should give to your mother this year? Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide has tons of ideas she’ll love. With a range of elegant, wearable jewelry for mom, this guide has something for every mother.

Pendant Necklaces

A pendant necklace is the perfect gift for her this Mother’s Day. Pendant necklaces are gorgeous, yet incredibly easy to wear. Pendant necklaces can be worn to elevate a casual outfit or complement black tie attire.

For a classic pendant necklace option, consider a diamond pendant necklace, like this chic round brilliant diamond and yellow gold pendant.

If you think your mom would appreciate something a bit more colorful, consider a sapphire pendant. Sapphires are sophisticated, regal, and simply lovely.

Our gemstone and diamond pendant necklaces can all be customized, allowing you to create personalized necklaces for mom. You can customize a gemstone or diamond charm necklace for mom, choosing your own shape, stone, and setting to create something as unique as her.

Custom Earrings

Tell your mom “I love you” with a pair of luxurious custom earrings. Our diamond stud earrings and diamond dangle earrings can be completely customized. You can choose your diamond shape, diamond size, diamond quality, and earring setting to create personalized jewelry for mom this mother’s day.

Our gemstone earrings can also be customized. You can choose from blue sapphires, pink sapphires, emeralds, or rubies and pair your chosen gemstones with the setting you think she’d love most, creating custom gemstone earrings for mom.

Colorful Jewelry

Does your mother have a more vibrant sense of style? Consider adding a dash of luxe color to her jewelry collection with a colorful gemstone piece.

Sapphire rings are a top choice this mother’s day. Sapphires are elegant and timeless, and they look stunning in so many different styles. You might consider choosing a more minimalistic sapphire ring for her this Mother’s Day or go with a fun, glam cocktail option like the Charleston Ring pictured above.

We have so many colorful jewelry options, many of which are customizable. You can create a personalized ring for mom and select from an array of colored diamonds and vibrant gemstones for her center stone. Our custom jewelry for mom allows you to create a ring, a necklace, or pair of earrings that are perfectly suited to her.

Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets are luxurious, classic, and simply stunning. If you want to wow her this Mother’s Day, a tennis bracelet is the perfect choice.

For a classic tennis bracelet, consider choosing one with round diamonds set in yellow gold, like the beautiful diamond tennis link bracelet pictured above.

Want to see even more jewelry for mom? Check out our Mother’s Day Deals Gift Guide page to see our best deals on our finely crafted luxury jewelry for Mother’s Day.

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March 19, 2019

Tips for Buying an Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald cut diamonds have a timeless elegance. Their sophisticated shape and unique, flashing facets give them a chic, unforgettable beauty. But when shopping for an emerald cut diamond, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. In this post, we’ll discuss all our top tips for buying an emerald cut diamond to help you pick the emerald cut diamond that’s right for you. We’ll cover what defines the emerald cut, what to look for when considering emerald cut diamond qualities, emerald cut diamond prices, and which setting styles are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds.

Know the Cut: What is An Emerald Cut Diamond?

Emerald cut diamonds are shaped like rectangles with cut corners. Like many other diamond shapes, emerald cut diamonds have 57 or 58 facets. But unlike most other diamond shapes, the facets on an emerald cut diamond are step cut, rather than brilliant cut. Step cut facets are larger, more linear facets that are arranged symmetrically. The step cuts of an emerald cut diamond are what give it its signature flashing, “hall of mirrors” effect.

Emerald cut diamonds are often confused for asscher cut diamonds and radiant cut diamonds. The asscher cut diamond is also rectangular and step cut, but you can tell it apart from an emerald cut diamond by noting the asscher cut’s X-shaped facet pattern that runs across its table. Radiant diamonds share the same shape as emerald cut diamonds (rectangular with cut corners) but are brilliant cut, so they don’t feature the same symmetrical, linear facets of emerald cut diamonds.

The 4Cs of Emerald Cut Diamonds

Understanding the 4Cs (clarity, cut, color, and carat) of diamonds is important before buying any diamond. But with emerald cut diamonds, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind. In this next section, we’ll cover the 4Cs of emerald cut diamonds and tell you everything you need to know about emerald cut diamond qualities so you can make an informed choice when buying.

Clarity is Key for Emerald Cut Diamonds

While most experts agree that cut is the most important diamond quality across all diamond shapes, clarity is also very important in emerald cut diamonds. The step cuts of the emerald diamond allow you to see more clearly into the center of the diamond. This gives emerald cut diamonds a unique beauty, but can also make internal flaws much easier to see. So, when buying an emerald cut diamond, you should consider selecting one with a higher clarity grade.

Cut and Emerald Cut Diamonds

Cut is important for every diamond shape and emerald cut diamonds are no exception. Cut is a grading of how well a diamond is cut. If a diamond is cut poorly, it won’t reflect and refract light well, making it look dull and lifeless. So, just like with every other diamond shape, don’t sacrifice on cut when selecting an emerald cut diamond.

Carat Weight and Emerald Cut Diamonds

While many people think that carat is a measurement of a diamond’s size, diamond carat is actually a weight measurement. However, diamond carat can give you an idea of the size of a diamond, as the heavier it is, the more mass it will have.

One advantage of emerald cut diamonds is that they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes, due to having more of their surface area on their table (the top of the diamond). So, a 1 carat emerald diamond will usually look larger than a 1 carat round diamond.

Color and Emerald Cut Diamonds

For emerald cut diamonds, you should think about color in the same way you would with any other diamond shape. As with other diamond shapes, there’s really no “right” color to choose when selecting an emerald cut diamond. D, E, and F color emerald diamonds will be the most colorless— but also the most expensive. Because of this, many people are happy with G or H color emerald cut diamonds, which have a slightly warmer color but are still near colorless and are much less expensive.

Emerald Cut Diamond Special Consideration: Length, Width, and Depth Ratios

The length to width ratio of an emerald cut diamond can make it look either longer or more square. Generally, ratios of 1.45 to 1.55 are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds. But if you prefer a longer or more square emerald cut diamond, you can certainly get one. The length to width ratio of an emerald diamond doesn’t effect its beauty, only its shape. So, do some browsing and see which length to width ratio you love the most.

However, something that does have an effect on an emerald cut diamond’s beauty is its depth ratio. For the most brilliant emerald cut diamond, look for a depth percentage of 60% to 70% of the diamond’s width.

Emerald Cut Diamond Pricing

Emerald cut diamonds are one of the rarer diamond shapes, which can make them more expensive. However, their larger table surface area means they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes. So, you can often go with a slightly lower carat to help an emerald cut diamond fit into your budget, while not necessarily sacrificing on its visual impact.

To give you a general idea of what an emerald cut diamond costs, know that a 1 carat emerald cut diamond will usually cost somewhere between $1,400 to $6,000. The cost of an emerald cut diamond, like any diamond shape, will vary greatly depending on its quality. The better the quality, the higher the price.

Emerald Cut Diamond Settings: Which Setting Style Looks the Best With Emerald Cut Diamonds?

Choosing a setting for your emerald cut diamond is really a matter of personal preference. There’s no “best” setting for an emerald cut diamond. You should simply choose the ring setting you think would pair best with your diamond.

But with that said, there are two types of settings that are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds: solitaire and halo settings. Solitaire settings let the pure beauty of an emerald cut diamond take full focus, while halo settings amp up their glamour. Of course, you don’t have to choose one of these settings if you’d prefer another style, like a three stone emerald cut engagement ring or a unique, modern style. When choosing a ring setting for an emerald cut diamond, just take some time to think about your own personal style and consider which type of setting you’d love the most.

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February 21, 2019

A Guy’s Engagement Ring Buying Guide 101

So, you’re considering popping the question. Congratulations! Now that you’ve found the one, it’s time to find the ring. For many men, buying an engagement ring can seem overwhelming. There’s a lot of pressure to get the perfect ring and many men don’t know where to start. But there’s no need to fear— we’re here to help! In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about buying an engagement ring, from the initial steps to making your final purchase.

The First Step: Setting Your Budget

The very first thing you should do when shopping for an engagement ring is set your budget. If you have a budget in mind before shopping, it will set you up for success. If you know what you’re able to comfortably afford, you’ll be able to narrow your search and view only what’s within your budget. 

It’s a common misconception that there’s a certain amount you “should” spend on an engagement ring. You may have heard that you should spend the equivalent of two or three months of your salary. But, really, there are no rules— you should spend only what you’re comfortable with.

If you have no idea what engagement rings cost, we’ll give you some numbers to keep in mind. The average amount Americans spend on an engagement ring is approximately $6,300. The averages across states vary widely, ranging from around $2,800 in Missouri to almost $10,000 in California. These are just some ballpark numbers to help you get a frame of reference for what other people spend. But, remember, you can spend as little or as much as you’re comfortable with.

Know What You’re Buying: Settings and Gemstones

If you haven’t bought an engagement ring before, you might not know that ring settings and center stones (traditionally diamonds) are usually sold separately. This is something to keep in mind when shopping, as you’ll need to buy both a ring setting (this is the band that holds the center stone) and a center stone.

While there are preset engagement rings that include both the setting and featured gemstones, they’re less common today. So, when you’re looking at price tags during the shopping process, just remember to check whether that price tag is for the ring setting alone or for both the ring setting and all its enclosed gemstones.

Choose a Style

Now that we have those basics out of the way, it’s time to start shopping! The first thing to is to pick the general ring style you’ll be looking for.

Engagement ring settings come in many different styles. There are classic, modern, glamorous, and vintage styles, as well as many others. If you have no idea which one would be right, you can take a cue from your partner’s style choices. Do they dress in a classic style? Do they love contemporary designs? Do they love glamour? Or a vintage look? Taking clues from your partner’s wardrobe can be a huge help when it comes to finding the right setting style.

Other ways you can find what your partner might like are asking their friends or family and looking to see if they have a Pinterest board. If you’ve been talking about the possibility of engagement, there’s a good chance they’ve told their close loved ones what they might like. And, if they have a Pinterest, it’s very possible they’ll have a dedicated engagement ring board filled with styles they like.

Here are some examples of what the different engagement ring styles look like:

Classic

The Ella ring is the picture of classic beauty. Featuring a diamond set band, a simple four prong enclosure, and a round diamond center*, this engagement ring is as traditional and classic as they come.

Modern

With its unique, curving band, the Coral ring is the perfect example of an engagement ring that features contemporary, modern design. The one featured above has a moissanite center. 

Glamorous

With a stunning, eye-catching double halo setting, the Alyssa ring is as glamorous as can be.

Vintage-Inspired

The romantic, swirling band of the Daisy ring provides a lovely vintage look.

Once you know which style you’re looking for, you can narrow down your search and choose the perfect engagement ring for you from that style.

Choose a Precious Metal

Many settings come in multiple precious metal options, so you’ll also need to choose a precious metal for your engagement ring. The most common options are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. There are two things to consider about precious metals: style and durability.

In general, gold is less durable than platinum, but offers more style variety. Yellow gold has a traditional look, while rose gold has a romantic, vintage-inspired look. Platinum and white gold have similar looks (both provide a chic, classic look) but differ in durability and price. White gold is more affordable, but a bit less durable and more prone to scratching. Platinum is the most durable precious metal, but is the most expensive option.

If you aren’t sure which precious metal to choose, take a look at what your partner usually wears. Most women have a preference between precious metals and you’ll be able to see which one she prefers by looking at the jewelry she normally wears. If you can’t tell based on her jewelry, you can ask her friends or family what they think she might like. And, of course, if she has a Pinterest board, you can get some clues there.

Choose a Gemstone Type

Once you choose your setting, it’s time to choose a gemstone. By far the most popular choice for a center gemstone is a white diamond. However, gemstone rings are becoming more popular. Among gemstones, blue sapphires are the most common choice for an engagement ring.

If you do decide to go with a diamond for your center stone, there are some things you should know about buying a diamond. Diamonds are graded by their qualities, which are referred to as the “4Cs.” The 4Cs are color, cut, clarity, and carat. You’ll need to understand the 4Cs in order to buy a diamond with the quality you want. Here’s a breakdown of what each of the 4Cs grade:

Color: Color is a measurement of how white a white diamond is, which is ranked on a scale of D to Z, with D being completely colorless. The more colorless a diamond is, the more it will shimmer, and whiter diamonds are considered more desirable.

Cut: Cut is not the shape of a diamond (we’ll cover gemstone shapes in our next section), it’s a measurement of how well a diamond was cut. Cut is a very important grade to consider. If a diamond has a poor cut, it won’t sparkle well, even if the diamond is very white and clear. Because of this, most jewelry experts consider cut the most important diamond quality.

Clarity: Clarity is a grading of flaws a diamond may have (interior flaws are called inclusions and exterior flaws are called blemishes). Flaws can be microscopic, and have little effect on a diamonds beauty, or be more noticeable, being visible to the naked eye. The higher the clarity, the more flawless the diamond, and the more valuable it’s considered.

Carat: Carat is the simplest diamond quality to understand: it’s a basic weight measurement. The higher the carat, the higher the weight and, generally, the larger the diamond will look.

Choose a Gemstone Shape

There are many different gemstone shapes, both for diamonds and other gemstones. Some gemstone shapes include round, princess, cushion cut, asscher cut, emerald, oval, pear, and marquise. Round is by far the most popular shape, especially for diamonds. Round diamonds have a classic, traditional look. The second most popular gemstone shape is princess (which is square from the top), which has a classic yet contemporary look.

Your choice of gemstone shape will have a big effect on the overall style of your engagement ring. To help guide you on choosing a shape, here are some style notes on the most popular shapes:

Round: Classic, Traditional

Princess: Traditional Yet Modern

Cushion Cut: Vintage, Romantic

Asscher Cut: Art-Deco Vintage (Think: The Great Gatsby)

Emerald: Retro Vintage (Think: Old Hollywood)

Oval: Unique, Sophisticated

Pear: Unique, Eye-Catching

Marquise: Unique, Dramatic

The Ella engagement ring setting with a marquise diamond center

Ring Size

Once you know which setting and gemstone you want for your engagement ring, it’s time to purchase. But there’s one last thing to figure out before buying: ring size. This can be tricky to learn without asking outright. One idea is to ask her friends or family if they know her size.

Use our ring sizing guide here

*Pictured above is the Ella ring with a moissanite center.

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